August 18, 2013 

Wetter, cooler weather has reduced the risk of wildfires in Western Washington, leading state agencies to lift fire bans.

The state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife lifted the ban for the westside of the state Thursday.

The restrictions still apply for Eastern Washington. The Fish and Wildlife ban include:

Fires or campfires: Personal camp stoves or lanterns fueled by liquid petroleum, liquid petroleum gas or propane are allowed.

Smoking: Unless in an enclosed vehicle.

Target shooting: Except at shooting ranges developed by the department.

Welding and the use of chainsaws and other equipment: Operating a torch with an open flame and equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.

Operating a motor vehicle off developed roads: Except when parking in areas without vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway and parking in developed campgrounds and at trailheads.

Bruce Bjork, the chief of the agency’s enforcement program, said the restrictions were part of a larger effort by state, local and federal agencies to reduce the risk of further wildfires in Washington. That effort includes burn bans issued by most counties and for all forestlands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The restrictions on lands in Eastern Washington will remain in effect until conditions improve.

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